Global Music connects the study of culture and society generally (in Anthropology 102 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 102)) to the study of music within specific cultures and societies: Music 211 – World Music: Eurasia (MUSC 211) considers the musical traditions of India, Japan, Indonesia and the Middle East, as well as Celtic and Rom (gypsy) traditions of Europe; Music 212 – World Music: Africa and the Americas (MUSC 212) looks at the music of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as ethnic music of the United States, including Native American, Anglo American, African American and Hispanic traditions.
Ethnomusicology and anthropology are both interdisciplinary fields that cross the boundaries of social science, the humanities and the arts in order to comprehend commonalities of the human experience across a wide range of cultural variations. In addition to sharing this comparative project, anthropologists and ethnomusicologists also share certain methodological techniques: participant observation, intensive interviewing, archival and documentary audiovisual research in local communities, often in “exotic” locations. Students will be encouraged, whenever possible, to attend performances, lectures and films that enhance our understanding of cultural diversity and human expression. Connections: Anthropology 102 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 102), and Music 211 – World Music: Eurasia (MUSC 211) or Music 212 – World Music: Africa and the Americas (MUSC 212).